President Trump on Thursday denied Hurricane Maria caused 3,000 deaths in Puerto Rico, falsely accusing Democrats of inflating the toll to “make me look as bad as possible.”
“3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico,” Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday. “When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3,000.”
Mr. Trump added: “This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”
Researchers at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, Commissioned by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, in a report last month, estimated there were 2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico from September 2017 through February 218 stemming from last year’s hurricane. That far surpassed the original official count.